Another massive winter swell hit Sydney's coast over the last week generating monster sized waves putting on an impressive display of power and beauty along the coastline.
People spend hours and hours perched atop the cliffs at Bronte (pronounced Bron-tee) marvelling at the sheer power of waves crashing ashore observing surfers taking on the huge swells. What do people think about as they look out onto the huge swells rolling in and crashing up against the shore? Always wondered.... it appears to be quite therapeutic for so many people.
As it was a southerly swell generated by a huge low pressure system off Australia's southern most point in Tasmania only a couple of Sydney's city beaches are rideable in these conditions.
Bronte, my favourite beach and local, being one of them.
This is a thrown together piece of footage I took with Canon's new 1Dmk4 which I had the chance to have a play with for a few days thanks to Ben Walton from Team Digital in Perth Western Australia.
I was off on True North again to capture some highlights of their Sydney Rocks cruise for New Years. I packed the 5Dmk2 and of course the Brand Spanking New 1Dmk4.
The pressure was on on two levels. One to shoot some nice footage for the owners of True North and Two to do justice to Canon's new super camera. Unfortunately no one told the weather to play ball and it was a dull grey dreary few days in Sydney.
Of course this is great for even light but if your trying to sell beds on boats blue sky wins out everytime. I alternated between the two camera's so I have more footage from this trip but I wanted to show only 1D footage in this edit.
I couldn't really distinguish between the footage of
the two cameras but noticed that the 1Dmk4 footage looked a little softer than the 5D. Maybe it was due to a smaller sensor and shooting 24p. Don't really know but it made me want to favor the 5D more.
The low light capabilities seemed no better than the 5D and as soon as I see noise in my footage I tend not to push the ISO anymore. At around 400 ISO on both cameras the noise to me became unacceptable but a proper test with both cameras in a studio set up would tell the story better.
Would I buy a 1Dmk4 over a 5Dmk2 if it was just to shoot video? Probably not. This was not a true opportunity to test the camera as I had a job to do and stuffing around was not an option. I'll get another chance with this camera in the next few days so maybe I'll set up some better tests.
Enjoy this for what it is. It's not my best work but at least those of you who are looking at this camera may have a better informed decision if considering buying one.
Gear used included 1Dmk4, 5Dmk2, Canon lenses TS-E 17mm f/4, 24mm f1.4, 85mm f/1.2, 400mm f/5.6, Filters etc etc......
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Music courtesy of Nine Inch Nails, "The Frail", Just Like You Imagined" awesome music.
I made a 40 second preview a few days ago and here is the full version (assuming I don't go out one more night)... I am quite tempted to go out one more time and get even more content, but for now here is. Enjoy!
Vivid Sydney is a relatively new attraction to Sydney-siders, involving various light shows on iconic buildings and objects. The festival has a duration of about 2 weeks each year and is a great time for local and visiting photographers to enjoy the unique designs.
From memory this is the 3rd year Vivid has existed. In the past, I've taken some interesting shots of the various lighting designs, but this year, I had to do a timelapse. I will be going out again in the coming week for more, but here is a preview of what I've collected so far.
I am stoked to have received so many time lapse job offers from viewers of this video. If you are looking to have a custom timelapse made, I'd love to discuss further. I can be contacted via my website jameszhao.com